Environmental Information Regulations

Requesting environmental information

Before you make an EIR request, please check the various sections of our website, as the vast majority of environmental information we are required to disclose is listed there.

Most commonly requested information:

If you cant find the information you are looking for, you can contact the Information Governance Manager by:

Email

foi@brent.gov.uk

Writing to

Information Governance Manager
Brent Civic Centre
Engineers Way
Wembley
HA9 0FJ

Other environmental information

The following information can be obtained from the Environment Agency:

  • hazardous waste
  • waste carriers and waste management licensing
  • water quality
  • integrated pollution prevention and control
  • radioactive substances information.

We may refuse to disclose information where an exception (see below) applies and the public interest in maintaining the exception outweighs the public interest in its disclosure.

  1. Information is not held when the request is received
    Although we cannot provide information we do not possess, we are obliged (Reg. 9) to provide advice and assistance.
  2. The request is unreasonable
    When the amount of data sought is so large as to be unreasonable - it should be remembered that copies do not have to be provided summaries will suffice.
  3. The request is too general
    Where the request is not specific enough. There is, however, a requirement for us to provide assistance in narrowing down the request.
  4. Information intended for future publication
    In this case it would be reasonable to provide the applicant with an estimate of when the data will be published.
  5. Request involves the disclosure of internal communications
    This exception is here to prevent the disclosure of internal drafts of a paper or notes from a brainstorming session.
  6. Disclosure would affect the course of justice
    Where disclosure would hinder a fair trial or prejudice the ability of us to conduct an enquiry. However, this would not apply following a trial.
  7. Intellectual property rights
    Disclosure would reveal the intellectual property rights of an organisation.
  8. Confidentiality of proceedings
    Where the law requires confidentiality.
  9. Commercial or industrial confidentiality
    This applies to information where to disclose it would be actionable and subject to a legal breach of confidence.
  10. The interests of the Council
    This occurs when there is no legal obligation on us to disclose or there is no consent from third parties to disclose.
  11. Environmental protection
    Where to disclose information could lead to the damage of a 'cultural site' or the environment. An example could be information on where there is a rare breed of bird nesting.
  12. Personal data
    Information where the Data Protection Act covers disclosure.

If we refuse to disclose all or part of the information requested, it must be stated, in writing, what exception the information falls under and to justify the decision that the exception should be applied.

We will also inform you that you have a right to appeal the decision, initially to us then, if you remain dissatisfied, to the Information Commissioner's Office.

Please note: Exceptions 8, 9, 10 and 11 do not apply when the requested information applies to emissions.

Requesting environmental information

Before you make an EIR request, please check the various sections of our website, as the vast majority of environmental information we are required to disclose is listed there.

Most commonly requested information:

If you cant find the information you are looking for, you can contact the Information Governance Manager by:

Email

foi@brent.gov.uk

Writing to

Information Governance Manager
Brent Civic Centre
Engineers Way
Wembley
HA9 0FJ

Other environmental information

The following information can be obtained from the Environment Agency:

  • hazardous waste
  • waste carriers and waste management licensing
  • water quality
  • integrated pollution prevention and control
  • radioactive substances information.